The Sunuy Xale (Our Children) project promotes material in Wolof language for children. The aim is to support language learning and the development of cultural identity. The material is specifically targeted to bilingual families where children speak Wolof at home and where tools are needed to maintain the language. The material is also suitable for native Wolof speakers.
Wolof is spoken in the regions of Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania and it has a strong role in Senegal as a widely spoken uniting native language. Today Wolof speakers live around the World. This project aims to publish material only in the Wolof language, so it works within Wolof -speaking communities around the World.
Book and music
The first book and music publication ”Sunuy Xale” supports the learning of Wolof language. Children will learn the language through simple stories and songs. Book’s illustrations and stories present West-African everyday-life and the cultural environment. By providing stories that children can easily identify in, it strengthens the development of their cultural identity
The book includes songs that are also available as separate recording and on Spotify. The music was recorded in Dakar, Senegal in December 2017 with Senegalese musicians and children.
The book and music publication was supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Oskar Öflund’s Foundation.
Wolof is spoken in the regions of Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania and it has a strong role in Senegal as a widely spoken uniting native language. Today Wolof speakers live around the World.
HOW TO GET MY COPY?
The book and the cd are sold at Institut Francais, Chez Alpha Books and Cours de wolof á Dakar in Dakar.
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If any questions just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you instructions.
WOLOF MUSIC club
The Wolof Music Club has been running in Finland since 2015. This activity was started from the concern of parents to sustain their children’s Wolof language outside Wolof speaking countries. Musician and music pedagogy Marjo Smolander was the original founder of this Wolof music club activity. Smolander composed and used traditional children's songs as a basis while creating easily approachable music for children. Today the music club is held in co-operation with the Senegal-Finland Friendship Association. The original idea to create material for the book and music publication was born from the need to serve the music club activity. The use of music and movement in language learning has many positive effects. It is known that processing of the music and languages work in the same areas in human brains.
The Wolof music club has performed in multicultural events such as Lasten Etnosoi! 2016 and the World Village festival 2018, both in Helsinki Finland.
SUNUY XALE ORCHESTRA
Sunuy Xale orchestra plays music form Sunuy Xale album. Welcome to our music, culture and language journey to Senegal and Gambia. The orchestra will have short instrument presentation during concerts so you will know the names and stories behind all of these fascinating instruments! Concerts are interactive so the audience is invited to play, move, dance and enjoy with all senses. The target audience is children from 1 year to 10 years.
BOOKS and ILLUSTRATIONS
+358 40 7523176 | Karoliina Halsti Ndiaye
CONCERTS & MUSIC CLUB
+358 44 3724982 | Marjo Smolander